Black History Month



Baseball Players for the Negro League

The purpose of Black History month is to educate both African American and Non-African Americans on African American History while honoring the African Americans who have positively affected our nation. In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244 which designated February 1986 as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” This law noted that February 1, 1986 would “mark the beginning of the sixtieth annual public and private salute to Black History.”

The month of February was chosen because it is the month that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery.

UTHSC Black History Month Events

Black History Month Events Flyer

February 3rd - The Soul Food Taste Around

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Student Alumni Center(SAC) Dining Hall

Come and enjoy samples of delicious Soul Food including: Fried Catfish, Chicken, Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, Banana Pudding, Peach Cobbler and much more!



February 5th - Freedom Riders

9:30 a.m.-11:30
Madison Plaza Conference Room
Encore screening:  February 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Madison Plaza Conference Room

Movie posterA documentary about a band of courageous civil rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. It chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.



February 11th - Black History Month Speaker Judge Camille R. McMullen

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
GEB Room A-202

Judge photoJudge Camille R. McMullen received a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996. She served as law clerk for Judge Joe Riley in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals during 1996. She then joined the District Attorney’s office of the 30th Judicial District in 1997 where she prosecuted cases until 2001. Judge McMullen became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, where she prosecuted cases from 2001 until June, 2008, when she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals. She was elected in August, 2008. Judge McMullen is the first African American woman to serve on an intermediate court in Tennessee.
Lunch provided

February 18th - Middle School Gold Standard Jazz Band

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Auditorium

Experience soulful voices of black heritage from the Havenview Middle School Gold Standard Jazz Band!

Refreshments provided

February 20th - Hattiloo Performance of Hoodoo Love

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Auditorium

hoodoo imageHoodoo Love tells the story of Toulou, a young African-American woman in depression-era Memphis. She dreams of singing the blues, but her ambitions are laughed at by her lover, a rambling blues musician called Ace of Spades. He frequently leaves her behind, and talks of other women that he takes up with in other cities.

Desperate to have his love for herself, she lays down a hex on him with the assistance of her neighbor, Candy Lady, a former slave and practitioner of Hoodoo (a form of African-American folk magic).

However, while Toulou occasionally gets what she asks for, she doesn't always get what she wants, especially with her brother Jib complicating matters

February 27th - Black Student Association (BSA) Award Banquet

6:00 p.m.
Student Alumni Center (SAC) Dinning Hall
For ticket information, contact Special Events at 901-448-5618.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Kennard Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer (EVC/COO) at UTHSC


Photo of guest speakerDr. Kennard Brown serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer (EVC/COO) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) with the responsibility of coordinating the day-to-day administrative operations and the effective management of the campus central administration. Dr. Brown has been with the Health Science Center for 15 years and began his university service in the Office of the General Counsel. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, Office of Employee Relations and Center on Health Disparities. He serves as the Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He currently manages the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery, The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC), and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center BSL3 Regional Biocontainment Laboratory.

Dr. Brown earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis and is a member in Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. He completed his Ph.D. in Health Science Administration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Brown is also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE). The FACHE title is considered to be the premier credential in the field of health care management. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of numerous faculty, student, community and civic awards from an exhaustive list of organizations.